Wednesday, January 26, 2011

MANIAC at the Music Box (w/ director William Lustig in person)

There will be a special treat for Chicago horror fans this coming weekend. The Music Box Theatre will be screening a new 35mm print of MANIAC both Friday and Saturday at midnight! Even better, director William Lustig will be there in person BOTH nights!

Renowned character actor Joe Spinell (Rocky, Nighthawks) creates one of the most memorable (and certainly the sweatiest) psychopaths ever to grace the grindhouses. Constantly moaning, mumbling and crying, Spinell’s Frank Zito conducts a reign of terror on the NYC streets, murdering young women and tacking their bloody scalps onto his ever-growing collection of female mannequins. Working from a script by Spinell and C.A. Rosenberg and aided enormously by Tom Savini’s gut-churning and (literally) mind-blowing f/x, William Lustig directs this notorious bit of nastiness with the grime and degradation piled on an inch thick throughout.

This film earned quite a nasty reputation back in its heyday. Manic hoopla from angry mothers and stuffy folks alike. Very gritty and dark, but a classic in its own right. Come join us this weekend into the dirty bowels of NYC, where being a gorgeous woman is a bad thing to be - "I warned you not to go out tonight!"

MANIAC Q & A with Bill Lustig
Friday, Jan. 28 & Saturday, Jan. 29
Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport, Chicago, IL

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